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Portage Health halfway to organ registry goal; gets visit from Gift of Life

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     Tim Makinen 2010 
  Tim Makinen, Corporate Communications Director with Gift of Life Michigan in Ann Arbor 
 Note: This was originally posted on: 08/02/2010 


HANCOCK — A public event welcoming Tim Makinen will be held in the Portage Health lobby in Hancock at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 5.

Makinen, Corporate Communications Director with Gift of Life Michigan in Ann Arbor, will give an update on the statewide Organ Donor Drive currently underway through the end of 2010.

Portage Health Dialysis Director Karen Kelley, spokesperson for Portage Health's donor drive, also plans to give an update on the hospital system's progress. Recent organ recipients will also be in attendance at the event.

In conjunction with the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, Portage Health has pledged to add 400 new names to Michigan's organ donor registry by the end of the year. Since its Organ Donor Drive Kick-Off event on April 14, Portage Health has added 225 names to the registry.

Makinen said one of the reasons for his visit is to congratulate Portage Health on its success.

"Portage Health has demonstrated its incredible commitment and dedication to organ and tissue donation and is an example for other organizations in the state to follow," Makinen said. "Gift of Life Michigan is very grateful for the work Portage Health is doing, but not nearly as grateful as the 3,000 people who are on the waiting list for transplant. They are the ones who really benefit from all of Portage Health's hard work."

To learn more about Portage Health's ongoing Organ Donor Drive, click here.

Note: This was originally posted on: 08/02/2010 

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